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Bahrain's FM Urges Robust Security Cooperation with Iran

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa underlined the necessity for further security cooperation between Tehran and Manama.

"We believe that the existing security cooperation is not desirable and complete and we are facing common challenges," Sheikh Khaled said in a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki here in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Bahraini minister is in Iran to take part in the second meeting of the two countries' high joint economic cooperation commission which kicked off here in Tehran earlier today.

Sheikh Khaled pointed to extensive security cooperation between Iran and Bahrain, and added, "The two countries have reached many understandings in this regard (security cooperation) and the documents of the today commission meeting is its proof."

"We will work for security cooperation among the Persian Gulf littoral states," the Bahraini minister reiterated.

He further reminded the necessity of real cooperation and coordination among the regional states and underlined Iran's role in regional cooperation.

The Bahraini foreign minister also pointed out that the strong will of the two countries' leaders for expanding bilateral relations would enable the two sides to face and overcome challenges.

Tehran and Manama have recently enhanced mutual cooperation in a variety of areas, but the two countries have specially boosted their efforts to maximize their defense cooperation in the last two years.

A senior Iranian military delegation visited Manama in January and discussed ways to strengthen mutual security and defense cooperation in a meeting with Bahrain's Chief of Staff Major General Daeej Bin Salman Al-Khalifa.

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